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Headland, Polruan, Fowey, Cornwall

We were appointed in 2016 to assess the redevelopment options for a site at Polruan, Fowey. The site is prominently located on the headland of Polruan at the mouth of the the historical natural harbour of Fowey.  This part of the Cornish coastline is set within an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The site can be seen from the Town of Fowey, Readymoney Beach but also the historic artillery forts built by Henry VIII in the 1530s, these were constructed to defend Fowey Harbour.

On the site stood a bungalow which was reaching its end of life. Working with the client we agreed to replace the dwelling. Our scheme was developed to sensitively sit in the landscape and be recessive in nature. We drew inspiration from the stone built forts which are located on each side of the estuary. We carefully selected recessive palette of materials such as Natural stonework, cedar cladding and bio diverse roofs. Planning permission was obtained with support from the AONB under delegated powers first time.

The project has received much praise and admiration. It has been Highly Commended in the South West Building Excellence Awards 2021 – Best Individual New Home and has received the 2021 Cornish Buildings Group Award for an ‘outstanding new building’ where the judges commented:

Photos by John Hersey Studio